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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Spirit who is God

St Gregory’s principal goal in Oration 31 is simple—to proclaim forthrightly the deity of the Holy Spirit. In his judgment it is no longer permissible for the Church to equivocate or to remain silent. The confession of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: Scripture and the “unbiblical” God

“But what do you say about the Holy Spirit?” the opponents of St Gregory Nazianzen ask. “Where did you get this strange, unscriptural ‘God’ you are bringing in?” (31.1). Thus begins the Theologian’s great oration on the Holy Spirit. Gregory … Continue reading

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Nazianzen and Zizioulas on the Divine Processions

Eunomius posed a simple and clear challenge for the doctrine of the Church: given that God is unbegotten, incommunicable substance, all divine activity, generation, or emanation must occur outside of God. Michel Barnes explains: For Eunomius the transcendence of God … Continue reading

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St Gregory the Theologian and the One God (part 3)

“The monarchy of God the Father,” avers Christopher Beeley, “is thus the foundational principle of Trinitarian logic, the fundamental dynamic that gives meaning to the grammatical aspects of unity and distinctness within the Trinity, and also the basic shape of … Continue reading

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St Gregory the Theologian and the One God (part 2)

When St Gregory arrived in Constantinople in the fall of 379 he immediately addressed the question of the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and staked out the Nicene position against his Neo-Arian opponents (Oration 20). Why does … Continue reading

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St Gregory the Theologian and the One God

“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth”—thus begins the Nicene Creed, recited every Sunday by Christian congregations around the globe. Though rarely noted by trinitarian Christians, the creed specifies, not the Holy Trinity, but … Continue reading

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“A unity worshipped in Trinity and a Trinity summed up into unity”

Yes, let no one be lost, but let us all abide in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, being in full accord and of one mind armed with the shield of … Continue reading

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St Gregory Nazianzen as Confessional Theologian

As one reads the Theological Orations, and especially Orations 29 & 30, one realizes that St Gregory’s theological method differs considerably from that of Eunomius and his fellow Heterousians. Gregory sees Eunomius as subjecting the apostolic faith to a philosophical … Continue reading

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